High Risk Breast Clinic FAQ

The High Risk Breast Clin­ic offers patients with an increased risk of devel­op­ing breast can­cer an oppor­tu­ni­ty to be proac­tive and take con­trol of their breast health. At your ini­tal appoint­ment, your provider will per­form an exam and in-depth review of your per­son­al and fam­i­ly his­to­ry. The plan that is devel­oped for you will pro­vide screen­ing rec­om­men­da­tions that can poten­tial­ly detect dis­ease in an ear­ly stage. 

Who is a can­di­date for the High Risk Breast Clinic?

  • Those with a high per­cent­age of dense breast tis­sue and an ele­vat­ed life­time risk score (IBIS)
  • Fam­i­ly his­to­ry of breast or ovar­i­an cancer
  • Genet­ic mark­ers such as gene muta­tions BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • His­to­ry of abnor­mal breast biopsies

For more infor­ma­tion on your lev­el of risk, take our breast can­cer risk assess­ment.

1. What makes the High Risk Breast Clin­ic dif­fer­ent than oth­er breast services?

    The clin­ic encom­pass­es a col­lab­o­ra­tive team of providers from a vari­ety of spe­cial­ties. Providers from obstet­rics & gyne­col­o­gy, surgery and breast ser­vices work togeth­er to devel­op a per­son­al­ized care plan for each high risk patient. Our pro­gram focus­es on a proac­tive approach which is impor­tant in detect­ing can­cer at an ear­li­er stage or decreas­ing over­all risk. 

    2. What hap­pens at your first appointment?

      At your first appoint­ment, you will meet with a High Risk Breast Clin­ic provider who will dis­cuss your risk and risk fac­tors, per­form a breast exam and will go through your fam­i­ly his­to­ry and imag­ing. You may be con­tact­ed pri­or to your appoint­ment so we can begin gath­er­ing this infor­ma­tion for the IBIS risk cal­cu­la­tion. The ini­tial appoint­ment typ­i­cal­ly lasts approx­i­mate­ly 15 to 30 min­utes and you will leave with a per­son­al­ized, in-depth care plan and peace of mind.

      Your first appoint­ment may also include:

      • Com­pre­hen­sive breast can­cer screen­ing using tech­nol­o­gy specif­i­cal­ly designed for dense breasts
      • Full genet­ic risk eval­u­a­tion and a pos­si­ble refer­ral to a genet­ic counselor
      • Risk reduc­tion strate­gies – lifestyle mod­i­fi­ca­tions, pre­ven­tive pro­ce­dures, tests and addi­tion­al screenings
      • Infor­ma­tion about oth­er ben­e­fi­cial Duly Health and Care programs

      Based on the results of this ini­tial appoint­ment, you may be referred to radi­ol­o­gy for imag­ing, a genet­ic coun­selor and/​or a surgeon.

      3. What if my screen­ing detects breast cancer? 

        If can­cer is detect­ed from a screen­ing, your med­ical team of experts will cre­ate a care plan indi­vid­u­al­ized to your needs. A vari­ety of treat­ment options will be dis­cussed depend­ing on your per­son­al diag­no­sis. Detect­ing can­cer in its ear­ly stages is impor­tant in fight­ing the disease. 

        4. How can I make an appoint­ment at the High Risk Breast Clinic? 

          If you feel you are a can­di­date for the High Risk Breast Clin­ic, please call your pri­ma­ry care physi­cian or obstetrician/​gynecologist for a refer­ral to see one of our providers. For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, please vis­it duly​healthand​care​.com/​s​e​r​v​i​c​e​s​/​h​i​g​h​-​r​i​s​k​-​b​r​e​a​s​t​-​c​linic.